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April 1, 2014: Our readers write

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Politics gets in way of pro-life  
Children’s lives should never take second place to political pressure.
In February, the bipartisan, pro-life Ultrasound Bill passed the Kentucky Senate 33-5. Several Democrats and Republicans co-sponsored the House version of the bill, seeming to recognize that life is one issue on which the majority of us can agree. After the Senate vote, however, the Ultrasound Bill languished in the House Health and Welfare Committee, a committee that year after year has killed pro-life legislation before it reaches the House floor and a chance at life through a fair vote.
Two weeks ago, a discharge petition was introduced to bring the Ultrasound Bill out of committee for an honest vote on the House floor. Several Democrats who co-sponsored the bill refused to vote for the discharge, indicating their original co-sponsorship was a convenient way to appear “pro-life,” attaching their name to a pro-life bill which would die in committee.
I was disappointed to see that my own representative, Jimmie Lee, who campaigns as pro-life, did not co-sponsor the bill or vote for the discharge, choosing instead to sit back and allow the bill to remain locked in committee, where it was subsequently killed.
Prior to this vote, Jimmie Lee publicly chastised a fellow Democrat for supporting the pro-life bill.
Not surprisingly, all House Democrats except two either voted against the discharge or refused to vote all together.
In correspondence with constituents, Lee claims he didn’t vote for the discharge because it would indicate “displeasure with leaders” and their decisions. He states, “I depend on working with (the committee leaders) to help me secure the support of issues vital to our growing community.”
Certainly, politics can be complicated and politicians must at times walk a fine line. If, however, Jimmie Lee is guided by party loyalty instead of principle, if he bows to political pressure instead of his claimed moral beliefs, and if he does not count unborn life as “vital to our growing community,” it is time for a change. Hardin County needs someone who will breathe life into policies that affect the most vulnerable among us.
Jody Ingalls
Elizabethtown